Star Citizen launches Arena Commander mode this month

Chris Roberts is confident his team will be able to deliver on May 29.

The many fans that have backed Star Citizen will soon have their first taste of the upcoming space sim from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts.

Roberts announced that the game’s Arena Commander dogfighting mode will release on May 29. The small, multiplayer-focused piece of the game will give players a feel for how it looks and controls, but in no way represents the full scope of Star Citizen’s grand ambitions.

The plan is to let every backer access the single player “Free Flight” and “Vanduul Swarm” modes on May 29, and the first batch of testers will get access to the multiplayer game modes.

“We will scale up the multiplayer as quickly as possible starting on that date, increasing the number of players as it is stable and stopping to fix bugs where needed,” Roberts said on the developer’s official site. “Sometimes (in fact, more often than not) things go wrong and these forecasts change: bugs we don’t foresee appear, features we didn’t realize we needed become necessary and so on. This is why we haven’t had a solid release date yet; it’s not to better schedule marketing or because we want to keep you out of the cockpit… it’s because game development is a complex beast, and there are few games more complex than Star Citizen! At this point, we’re close enough that we feel fairly confident in this date… but the next two weeks will be a march!”

Star Citizen first revealed the Arena Commander mode at PAX East 2014. It was an impressive demonstration, and to say that it was received enthusiastically by the crowd of fans at the event would be an understatement.

Star Citizen is the most successful crowdfunded project--of any kind--in history. Its crowdfunding campaign originally began in October 2012 and to date, gamers have backed the project to the tune of $43.6 million.

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Crush_Project
Crush_Project

"Time is not important, only life is important."

eddieham13
eddieham13

That's cool, we will finally have something to do with our ships haha.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Your time has come. Time to boot up and blast some baddies! :D

arqe
arqe

finally.

thebwolf38
thebwolf38

for those who are always bad mouthing this game you have the right too your opinion . but you don't have the right to tell people who are liking it or backing it they are stupid. it make you turn into bullies and turns around and makes you look stupid. CIG is doing something no one has ever done before not even ED you don't see ED asking for polls on what they would like in game you don't see ED doing weekly shows and showing us the inside of the game and behind the scenes. and so you know it was the backers that decided to keep the crowd funding up. oo and yeah you might say they fixed it or some other BS  but frankly you must not like the human race much since you think so little of humanity. and if you want to say im a fanboy  that's okay i can say im a golden ticket holder. and you know what im fine with that also you know what else I might not be around for the finished game because of my illness . but thats okay because this game is doing something that i admire and ill be backing them no matter what and no matter what you have to say . YOU BULLIES!!!!

TronX
TronX

 Star Citizen is looking amazing, can't wait to play it but I'm glad they are taking their time and doing it right.


@tommen_stark ...really....this is the way you have chosen to spend you existence, dwelling on things you don't like. How sad for you.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

I was hyped about this game 6 months ago. Now? Not so much. I think they announced the game too early, it's better to announce the game when it's already half way through development. I feel like I've been waiting forever, even though it's only been a short time.

prats93
prats93

To be honest, even as a PC gamer i am only interested in Star Citizen as a sort of benchmark game like what Crysis was back in 2007. What are the system requirements?

Achwyn
Achwyn

That'll be great and all but what'll be better is fixing this DirectX issue so that me and many others can actually play it.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

Yay I can log in again!  BTW Roberts always has grand ideas and somehow...the never come to fruition.


Lets hope they do tho...

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Looks like a pretty good game and even though I am not a PC gamer (PS4 ftw) I have been following this game with interest even if it is just to see where the space sim genre can go. However, with Elite and No mans sky on the horizon it might be a crowded place for star citizen pretty soon.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

For those of you that are counting delays, and had counted 6 until now, you can simply add a big one right now.


The SEVEN! And this one is bigger than the last ones.


After all, they promised to release Arena Commander version 1, and if you did not notice, even that they deliver (what I doubt) on May 29th, what they are going to release is not what they promised earlier, Arena Commander - version 1, but instead, an Arena Commander Version 0.8.


Which means, that for real, the Arena Commander/DFM - version 1, as promised earlier, after the December delay, will be probably released with probably 7 or 8 months of delay. 


If you think delays does not matter, estimates does not matter, WRONG. Timing and Estimates are a big and real important thing in Quality Assurance. If you do that wrong again, and again, as a Project Lead, you have great chances to be dismissed, because you definitely is not doing that right, since there are ways to prevent "unforeseen events" in software development (regardless what is it, from a game until a system that deal with life) prior to a release. 


Code Freeze, bug prediction, etc. If you do not know that, go back to school. And obviously, if you think that doing code freeze 2 days before a release is fine, well... prepare yourself... you will learn by suffering. 


What I consider more impressive, that after so long time in the development area, some guys in the industry never learn... arrogance maybe? kind of "I don't need to learn more because I am boss" behavior? Hmmmmm. 


That is common, actually, mainly on those devs and IT guys with the celebrity syndrome. 

ponymilar
ponymilar

@eddieham13  How much is the cost to acquire all them? Yes. I know. Upon release, that could be in 2 or 3 years, they will let you earn in-game credits to exchange by ships, basically with gameplay, not needing to spend money, but since it is too far, and we have this great and polished game coming, tell me...


How much dollars I would spend to have the ability to play with all the ships in whatever moment since now, so I really can have the FULL gameplay experience from now until there, in the far future?

ponymilar
ponymilar

@thebwolf38  Right. The CIG are so good. Please show me a footage of the Vandull Swarm mode, for example, you know, that one that they "have been fun". Or even some footage of the other ships in the AC. After all, it remains just 2 weeks to release. They definitely have something to show, after all, they shown a little mintues of gameplay on December and on PAX.


Yes. ED team did not lost money and time making reality shows or marketing shows. When they have something relevant to show and say, they do. As well as the Kingdom Come team and even other crowd funded games out there.


CIG only makes marketing. You watch one of their "question and answers" sections and all that they answer are questions with obvious answers... repeat the answers for questions, and usually say that "everything is subject to change" which made such answers, actually useless... But they spend a lot of minutes sharing a view about development that is pure marketing, out of the reality. Yes, they share something. 10% maybe of what they share is really update and relevant information. 90% is pure marketing and brainwash tentatives to make people more addicted to the game, or always belieing that "all money goes to the development, any single dime", or "delays are good".

pjstivers
pjstivers

@thebwolf38 I had someone tell me the other day that it will fail because it isn't an FPS and no one wants to play "Space" games anymore because all the backgrounds are boring flat panels, there is no terrain to use for cover and you can't dodge enemy fire. 

eddieham13
eddieham13

@jimmy_russell  They needed people's funding and thus had to announce it.. It would of been impossible for them to get half way through development with no money, no staff and no idea (as they added loads of features via stretch goals as they did not expect the amount of money they got.)

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@jimmy_russell  The best thing that any person can do is to stay away and buy the game only after release. There is no need of more funds after all. The game is fully funded. Have twice the money that it was needed, according with the devs.


There is no good reason to come earlier, mainly because, after release all the things will be available to be acquried by gameplay, while before (right now) will be the opposite. If you want to play with a different ship, except for a little time if you fall in the case of the "loaner" exception, but just for a little time, your only way to acquire those ships is paying real money.



A Big pay-wall and pay-to-win situation that will be kept for a long time, and maybe will cease to exist after release. Well... at least after release (probably after the end of 2016 - 2017, according the last CR interview to Gamestar Magazine), things will be availalbe for free. Chances are great that people that come later will pay far less money that people that came earlier.


Besides, you will get a full game complete and without tons of bugs for a long time. Instead 40 bucks you will pay 80 bucks? Ok... but if you come now, you will pay 40 + 5 for each module + 500/1000+ to acquire and play with all the ships that you do not have and that they will offer as soon as ready. Something that you won't have to fall in temptation after release, after all, you can get them by gameplay then.


Want to play a Space Sim, that does not make disguises and are clear and transparent in what they offer, and an obvious much better deal? 


The best idea is to pay for Elite Dangerous, that is almost completed in Beta Phase, and with a huge space to explore. A beautiful game with cool gameplay, that does not require you to spend tons of dollars because your machine can't hold the graphics that are so great, that not even your eyes are capable to notice... Just a joke of course :D


Thing is, that when a game invests too much in super graphic quality, you know, something usually is missing... like... the gameplay quality. SC won't have it so soon, and maybe never. 


ED already have it.

GarGx1
GarGx1

@prats93 Get 3D Mark if you want a bench tool, Firestorm will put any PC to the ultimate test.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@prats93Right now I can only give you the hangar module minimum specs.

Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
  • Quad core CPU
  • 8GB Memory
So there ya go.


Abanaa
Abanaa

@Achwyn  They already stated that they want to make the best game and old computers will not handle it.

DirectX 9=Old computer. Even with DirectX 11 you'll need at least an i7 with good grafic card and lots of ram to enjoy the finished game. So start saving money for a new comp, I know i will lol.

GarGx1
GarGx1

@cjtopspin You know I forgot how much of a flop the Wing Commander series (all 4 of them), Freelancer and Privateer were... oh that's right they weren't

Ichi_1
Ichi_1

@tommen_stark

Just out of curiosity, what is your first language?

I can't help but notice that all your posts of debating/arguing/flaming on this thread, in which you try to come off as so very well informed, instead make you appear as if you're either an adolescent still trying to figure out how sentence structure and grammar work, or someone who speaks another language and has been taught by a mediocre English teacher teaching abroad. I'm reading your posts and making an effort to understand what you're trying to say but it's difficult.


I'm only trying to say that if you want to get your point across more clearly, maybe you should stick to telling it to people who understand your native language.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@tommen_stark It was delayed twice.  It was supposed to be released in December, CR said he'd rather do the back-end first.  They did that and said it would be shown in March and released later.  He then said it would be finished somewhere in mid-May and it's being released end of May.  That's 2 delays tops what are you on?

naz99
naz99

@tommen_stark  There has not been 6 delays there has been 2 a delay from december to march when it was supposed to release just after pax and from PAX till May 29th...so stop talking Nonsense...

Also he always said there was going to be three stages of the Alpha DFM alpha 1,2 and 3 which is v0.8 , 0.9 and 1.0.


You talk about facts and then don't use any yourself you whining little numpty

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

@tommen_stark  You know what's wrong with this generation? Over-entitled manchildren like you, who do nothing but complain, never creating anything themselves or doing anything productive with their lives, just consuming and complaining. You have so much to say and have an informed "opinion" about everything, because you're oh so enlightened about the easy concept that is coding and game design, right?


Go ahead and try making a game, let alone an ambitious project that the best developers in the world have never even attempted to venture, with a team made up of a handful of people. Go on, let's see you make magic happen. Seriously, what do you do with your life? Hang on every moment and update to see when the game will finally be completed? Do you literally have nothing else to do? Flipping hamburgers doesn't count.

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@tommen_stark Flash Tommen....
Savior of the Universe
Flash Tommen
He'll save every one of us

Flash Tommen
He's a miracle

(This morning's unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm)

Flash Tommen
King of the impossible

He's for every one of us
Stand for every one of us
He save with a mighty hand
Every man, every woman
Every child, with a mighty
Flash

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@ponymilar Self-entitled much? If you can't afford all the ships (I certainly can't), that doesn't mean you deserve to have them all anyway. Besides, I would rather earn them in game.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@tommen_stark @jimmy_russellP.S  There is no pay wall.  Everything will be unlockable with in-game currency, and only in-game currency, upon release.  The packages are there until release for those who want to donate (that's right I said donate, everything is a donation at this point you should understand that).  Also, why do you feel entitled to have every ship?  Where's the fun in that?  That's like starting an MMO at level 90, it's just pointless.  So once again, stop spreading falsehoods.

Achwyn
Achwyn

@Abanaa Got it in spades. Direct X11, Radeon HD6800, i7 950, etc. Still get the same error lots of other people get trying to run it.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

@GarGx1 @cjtopspin I have to admit I may have spoken too soon regarding Privateer and some of the WC games.  But Freelancer and Starlancer were supposed to be so much more (per Robert's admission) that they were.  Roberts has a tendency to get a little grandiose regarding the future of games he is a part of.  Is this a bad thing?  Not necessarily if you can execute your ideas.  If I remember correctly Steve Jobs also had a similar characteristics... 

Hell...the WC series and Privateer games are what got me into PC gaming (that and the first Mechwarrior, Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry games)...I just hope he achieves what he set out for this time.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@GarGx1 @cjtopspin  


WC1 - A success. Chris Roberts was here and a lot of other people that already say that CR was the boss, but the only thing that he actually did was entering in a room and saying "I watch a second war movie, with airplanes, would be cool to make a game of it". And then, it became by the minds of other professionals (that are not his friends today), that, in space;


WC2 - Better than the first, but CR did not make too much here.


WC3/4 - CR made nothing except filming.


Starlancer - CR made nothing, it was Erin and the game is a fail.


Freelancer - CR leaved soon, way before the release, and the game have some good critic (some) but it was a fail. He liked to say in interviews before the release, that the game would be great "because you can pilot with the mouse".


Chris Roberts is pure marketing. If you really go deep and research his career, that is not too much good things to talk about. He is probably more "famous", because he is one of the few game designers that became Holywood movie director/producer (by the way, of B movies indeed).



tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@Ichi_1 @tommen_stark  I am pretty sure that you did not skip the lessons of do not disrespect people from other countries that not yours... or did you?


Well... Even with my bad english people are understanding what I am saying. You seem to have skipped the comprehension lessons too. 


Go back to school.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@Yuusha09  Next week... next week... in a couple of months, in a couple of days, next week, next week.... 


yes yes... it was delayed only 2 times.


/facepalm

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@naz99  WOW! That is a ridiculous misunderstood from your side.


0.8, 0.9 and 1.0 are different from Arena Commander v1.0, version 2.0 and version 3.0!


These guys are not only ridiculous in their claims. They even put them in a position of shame. IF you want to say something to attack some argument, please, do a better research.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@Pie_FOREVER  Yes. I am. Actually I made games. And not just games. Many other kinds of softwares. Today, I have more time indeed to fight against some bad things, like false advertising for example.


And you know? 300 is hardly considered "a handful of people" in terms of game development.


And by the way. It was not me who said this:


"Can you explain the stretch goals?
The purpose of the higher stretch goals is to ensure that the game-as-described is finished in the two year time period."


Do you know who said?

darkjedi23
darkjedi23

@tommen_stark  Reposting the same crap to multiple websites ? lol this kinda proves you're a loser. Get a life, meet somebody, enjoy not being anal. Talk to someone that cares about all your opinions - I'd start with a shrink.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@screecwe @tommen_stark  Why didn't you follow your own advice. At least I have some opinion to give. Information based on facts. You just... you know... attack people that you do not agree, without bringing nothing to the discussion.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Also, I hate EA and that's exactly why I support CIG.  If you think CIG and EA are the same then you REALLY have no clue what you're talking about. 

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@ponymilar @eddieham13@jimmy_russell and where are these broken promises you speak of?  I've been following this game for over a year and haven't noticed a single one.  I've thuroughly enjoyed everything SC has done so far and so do the 80+ people in our guild ready to play, as well as the dozen or so friends I have who backed.  You're the minority here and if it's dissapointed you THAT much then just don't play.  Don't, however, lie about it and project your dissapointment onto others.

ponymilar
ponymilar

@eddieham13 @ponymilar @jimmy_russell  Not really. They just need to stop with the disguises and tell the true, that they are looking for money and building a system to get it. 


They definitely should stop with the disguise and creating more contradictions to their earlier speech, and also breaking promises "because more money". 


After all, they would not need that. The game is fully funded since a long time. Why breaking promises and getting earlier backers disappointed, just for the sake to get more money? Really? People who support that probably are also EA Fanboys.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@dengl @ponymilar @jeamsxini  What are you? Some kind of newbie that heard about the game yesterday?


They offered 250.000 alpha slots for earlier backers, not 450.000. And whatever person what wants to participate, actually, just need to pay 5 dollars. It is actually out-dated to call it Alpha.


They changed their strategy for a release in modules. The game has been released already. The first release is the Hangar. The second will be Arena Commander and so on, until achieve the point where all the features be in place, and that will be happening in years ahead.


And if you are just stubborn, why you do not go there and create accounts in that website. You will see that number displayed immediately after you created the accounts, even that you did not pay any cent to the game yet.




ponymilar
ponymilar

@dengl @jeamsxini  Oh. Look. A liar. You just need to go there and create 10 accounts yourself to see that such number is not related to People or even accounts with payment associated.

Meh!

dengl
dengl

@jeamsxini  There is a bit of a difference between 250,000 people and 450,000 people...

jeamsxini
jeamsxini

@Yuusha09 @tommen_stark@jimmy_russellThere is. But I see now why you can't see.

Your explanation was a big revelation indeed. Your explanation about "donation" is pathetic. Do you really believe in such crap? Labels man... labels... the business is exactly the same of every other business in the game industry.


You can't say that something is not something just because they have different words, when their basically are the same, they are synonymous.


You buy virtual stuff part of a game. That's it. There is no donation. Maybe, in your heart, you feel as donating to help the development. But that is you pal. Just you and some crazy people like you. The majority of normal people, definitely are buying stuff that they sell.


Please, don't tell me that it is a charity. That is indeed, the most ridiculous notion ever. If the community of SC believes on such absurd, and that in any legal notion, SC business is a charity, well... that explains a lot about how easy CR is getting money from these people.


(You should understand that). What a hell. These guys are definitely living in some parallel universe. They are totally out of any thing that could be next of what reality is.


Now I know why CR was capable to get 44 million dollars from just 250-270 thousand people.


Man! I really hope that your line of thinking is the limited to a minor part of all these thousand of people, because if not, I will be sincerely disappointed by the kind of Social Environment that this MMO Space Sim is creating. Kind of Social Environment of a bunch of crazy people without any notion of business, and trade, and too blind to see obvious things in the front of their noses.


It actually make me scare to participate of this environment. Crazy people like you usually involve yourselves in weird cults of mass suicide.


Get some treatment pal.

Doomerang
Doomerang

@cjtopspin @GarGx1  Not sure about Starlancer, but for whatever reason CR was removed from the production team of Freelancer midway through production by the Microsoft heads, and then MS took what was already finished and shipped it out as its own single-player game. 


That's why Chris Roberts is making Star Citizen: it's essentially what he had imagined for freelancer, only prettier due to the advancements in technology.

Ichi_1
Ichi_1

@tommen_stark

Okay, I see where this is going. You're just going to write off everything I say as sarcasm while avoiding what was actually said and responding with sarcasm of your own. Either that or you don't understand the difference between sarcasm and a blunt, forthright statement. I'm assuming that's part of the language barrier, and I'm being perfectly frank when I say that.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@Doomerang @tommen_stark @Ichi_1  Not needed. Any reasonable person is capable to read, to double check and figure out that what I brought here is the true.


You guys really seem like candidates in an debate for an election, giving some arguments that are not arguments at all...


Kind of "Oh tommen, I saw you with that mistress, due that, what you say is invalid"!


/facepalm

Doomerang
Doomerang

@tommen_stark @Ichi_1  So tommen, are you going to back up your claim of making games and software with actual examples, or are you going to conveniently ignore anyone who asks?

Ichi_1
Ichi_1

@tommen_stark

I suppose I did miss the "do not disrespect people from other countries" lessons. I don't remember that on any class syllabus. If you took it as disrespect, I apologize. But I'll look into it when I "go back to school".

Sarcasm aside, I was trying to help by offering a suggestion that might help you get your point across. I know a little of other languages that are spoken in my country. Because of that, I would think twice about trying to debate so much in a language I don't have a solid grasp of, otherwise I would just come across as incomprehensible like I tried to explain in my first post. You seem to have strong feelings about your opinions, otherwise you wouldn't go to such great lengths to flood this thread with them. Wouldn't it be better for all of us if you stuck to imposing your opinions in your native language, with the people who understand it?


And I still haven't gotten an answer to my initial question about your native language. Did you comprehend that?

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@screecwe  Oh! Really? You guys change the labels for things all the time... you buy a ships, not, you did not buy, you "donate"... They delay, and you say, no, it is not a delay, because there is no date, just "goals".


There are even some of these dishonest fanboys out there spreading that if people did not give more money to CIG, they won't be able to release!

LoL


You guys are indeed, very funny... and very insane obviously.

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@Yuusha09  You mean that poll, directed to people after they selling the idea all the time that more money is better for the game and more features can be pushed to earlier than later? 


That one that nobody voted, except the thirsty forum visitor that spend all their day praising everything that CIG does?


Oh! I see... That was not biased, right?

Riiiiiight!


A research institute would have one or two things about how biased was that poll.


And some business men around the world would have one or two things to say about a CEO giving a HUGE business decision that affects all the future of a company, in the hands of excited fans.


No, that's not manipulation. LoL


I say again... There is a huge naivety going on in the mind of these SC Fans.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@tommen_stark Congratulations you found the quote from CR before he asked backers if he wanted to keep doing stretch goals.  It was the backers choice to keep doing stretch goals, not CIG's.  So once again, get your facts straight foo.

tiepilot68
tiepilot68

@Pie_FOREVER @tommen_stark   Eh... You cant argue with people like ole Tommen here who are so full of illogical hate that they feel the need to enlighten all of us with their drivel. 


Something must of ticked him off in the past, perhaps he's bitter for not having enough money to pledge for a ship package, or maybe he applied for a job at CIG and was turned down... who knows.


As for me, I know I will be enjoying this game as much as I have enjoyed being part of its development process since I have pledged back in july of last year.


The months since I have pledged have shown me the dedication and passion that CIG have, and no amount of forum hogwash will dissuade me from my admiration for the entire team. 

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

@tommen_stark  Oh you have? Care to share with the world your creations? Or are they figments of your spergarific imagination?

tommen_stark
tommen_stark

@darkjedi23 @tommen_stark  Pursuit people's opinon around the internet and not bringing anything, not even a single better argument to really dismiss their opinions? 


That proves that you are a really big loser! That proves that you are a creepy white knight of CIG. Maybe they pay you, so you keep doing these searches for "bad feedback". I would not be surprised.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@tommen_stark FACTS?  Ha!  They haven't promised ANY dates.  They'll say something like "we think this should be out around early March" and you take that as a promise.  You couldn't care less about the facts, Stark.  What you care about is slamming SC.

The real question is: why?

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@tommen_stark  Information and facts eh?  The fact is it's been delayed twice, not seven times.  Don't start talking about facts when you can't even get the facts straight, it doesn't work that way.  The fact is YOU'RE THE ONE BRINGING NOTHING TO THE DISCUSSION.